Over 34,000 hacking attempts a day across PS4/Xbox One

Jd8531

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  1. NeonAera says:

    Great advice, JD. I’ll keep those tips in mind. Anyway bad hackers for the lose.

  2. Hazer7 says:

    Lol, I just did a class webpage projects on the exact thing. I even used that picture that I got from google images.

  3. paul says:

    Some good advice. I think to many of us use our debit/credit cards with psn (me included). We all got lazy and couldnt be bothered going out just to get one of there cards.

    • Jd8531 says:

      And now with the ability to buy the codes instantly via Amazon or Gamestop it makes it easier for the “lazy” people.

      • dan says:

        cant you clear your credit card on your psn account info?

        • Charles Fasano says:

          With Microsoft, if you used you debit/credit card to buy Xbox LIVE Gold membership or some other subscription based service through Microsoft, you cannot remove your card until the subscription runs outs. I know, I had that problem and was furious.

          Most banks these days do monitor your credit/debit card activity and if they see usual or atypical charges, they do put a hold. For example, we went away to Williamsburg and we booked a hotel room for an overnight stay, that hotel charge was not something we normally do so the bank put a hold on my mom’s debit card. Also since the charge was out of state, that also made them think her card was stolen. It was out fault for not letting the bank know we were traveling out of state and they only did it for her protection. Sure it was a massive inconvenience since we couldn’t buy stuff at the local Wal-Mart.

          Since I use a PayPal card, I get an email every time I charge something so I know immediately if some one got my card. They even periodically call me to verify transactions.

          I do not Amazon for one big reason. They DO NOT ask for the security numbers on the back of most cards which is a way to verify that the buyer actually has the card in their possession and not that just the numbers were stolen or someone did a double swipe at a restaurant.

          Thankfully most bank have it were you are not responsible for fraudulent charges but it’s better to be pro-active rather than have to wait for the funds to be reinstated.

  4. KILLERHEDAKE says:

    Too many people lost their accounts and credit cards charged to the max with those fecking “Free MS point Generators” during the Xbox 360 days. Can’t wait to see what hair-brained schemes the bad hackers with pull over the “innocent” gamers who don’t know better in these Xbox One and PS4 days.

  5. MrDo! says:

    That’s a pretty cool pic of the tweezers and password between the binary. I like it

  6. BurritoMan says:

    “Doing something so simple is worth it despicably if you aren’t an advance computer user who can monitor without them.” I don’t think despicably is supposed to be there. Maybe “especially”?

    “Poland was in second with 127,509, followed by Italy with a staggering 75,080.”
    This statement confuses me. Namely, the “with a staggering 75,080″ part. Are lower numbers more impressive for some reason? It seems like it would be the opposite but I’m most likely not interpreting the surrounding sentences correctly.

    Nice article, as always. A lot of common sense stuff, but people need to hear that stuff now and again to reinforce the ideas.

    • Jd8531 says:

      It was, autocorrect strikes again. However despicably means very badly so It works either way :)

      Not sure whats confusing. It’s just for Italy it’s a pretty big number. Staggering is an addon to reinforce the idea of it being a lot.

      • mlc says:

        Doesn’t Italy have more people? Though I can’t say I know enough about Italy and Poland to say which should be more “secure” in this regard. But “staggering” might be inaccurate for the number in Italy, but it could be “shocking” if such attempts are more expected in Poland.

    • Gunblade says:

      More harder for regrions better Thor..

  7. codestation says:

    You forgot one of the most important rules: do not reuse your passwords.

    I know a lot of people who uses the same password for gmail, twitter, facebook, random forums, etc. If one of these sites get compromised they will be sc***.

    • mlc says:

      “do not reuse your passwords.”

      QFT.

      But I would assume it’s equally important to not use even a portion of one password in another, since – depending upon your other accounts’ susceptibility to brute force attempts – you might be making your passwords easy to “guess” if every one contains the same phrases or number and a relatively small number of differing characters.

      (this might not work for banks, but less secure services could probably be infiltrated easily if the tries were timed correctly.)

  8. mangosteam says:

    whew luckyly i only use psn cards to load and no credit cards..

  9. Tontsa says:

    The whole thing is a misinterpretation when it comes to number of PS4/Xbox One hack attempts. The Sixth Axis wrote a fine piece about this “news”.

    Source: http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/12/16/dont-believe-the-hype-34000-hackers-are-not-attacking-ps4-and-xbox-one/

  10. mlc says:

    “Check your bank account and credit card statements ALL THE TIME.”

    This is probably the best advice on here. I recently had my card info stolen repeatedly due to a flaw in URM (grocery) store credit card processing security, and this could be a huge problem if I hadn’t been checking my accounts quickly enough to catch the fraudulent charges.

    Now some cards will flag fraudulent charges immediately, but that’s obviously not going to happen if it’s in an area/digital store that you already frequent, so this is extremely important. And this is all the more important if you purchase from a lot of digital stores, since a lot of effort is focused on hacking their systems. (whereas a store clerk is probably less likely to steal your information, despite the fact that far more clerks/checkers might be able to get it)

    In fact, I already have a pretty good idea that one of my recently replaced cards will be stolen soon, due to that same URM store hack. They hadn’t yet announced that they were hacked when I got my first replacement card, so I didn’t realize that they were dangerous – also I buy a lot of groceries on monthly-paid credit. It actually made me appreciate well-run websites more, since apparently a brick and mortar store compromised 2 – 2.5(if I have to replace this one card twice) cards, whereas I’ve rarely had a digital purchase lead to card theft.*

    *But this might have been luck or lucky timing, since obviously PSN has had its share of problems, and I’ve purchased from several online vendors in the past that I wouldn’t expect to have the security of Sony or a major chain. (though the explanation for this is that Sony and major retail chains don’t have as good security as you’d expect)

  11. Gunblade says:

    Thought u guys was busy …… Said I had stuff to do…..

  12. Gunblade says:

    Would take a while to make 10000 ms live mail…. Think I would have had the same pass for most of them… 16 an hour with. A core 7 and that’s jus a single chip faster with sum thing with like three boards

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